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can't rin: however, I come as fast my conduct : at the same time, I as possible. Good lack! what is the own I respect him for at present matter?'
condemning it.' • I cannot stay now to explain, I expressed a wish to know what good Dorcas.
means he would use to accomplish So saying, I hastened down to the this desirable end; but he would not colonel. I expressed my surprise at satisfy my curiosity. He said, if it seeing him so unexpectedly.
met our concurrence, he wished us to . I certainly should not have waits accept the invitation into Wiltshire; ed on you so soon,' said he, ' but adding, with a sigh, that he thought wishing to see your brother, I ven. it best. tured on what I deem an impro My brother just then knocking at priety.
the door, he tenderly saluted me, You cannot be guilty of an im- saying - Commend me to your propriety,' said I ; ' nor can we, dear sister, and leave me for the present. sir, be otherwise than glad to see I shall quit the house as soon as I you at all times.'
have finished my business with your My vísit is now meant to your
brother.' courtesied, and with brother. I have received an angry drew, unseen by brother ; I may add, letter from him, and I am come on the fack of curiosity. purposely to town to remove that I found Maria had ventured vp anger.'
stairs into her own room, where she * Indeed, sir, I do not think it sat trenibling like an aspen leaf. worth your while to argire a point She was highly pleased to hear of with my brother: I am certain his her reprieve. Congratulate youranger will in time subside, for al- self,' said I, our brother is not a though he is unpersuadable, he is not young flashy fellow fighting a duel unforgiving.'-I then related all that below. A pretty piece of work you had passed between Maria and him, would have made of it in that case!' omitting only the lawyer scene. He Dorcas now entered with a second was much affected with Maria's be- glass of hartshorn and water. I haviour.
am better now,' said Maria, faintly. «Give me no more instances, · Thank God,' quoth the good wosáid he, of the amiable conduct of man; 'I was frighted out of my your sister; I must no longer open wits to see you so Hustered. I hope my eyes to her perfections. He ex as how I may be told the reason.' pressed himself thuch pleased with Now you must know this worher letter, and said lier resolution to thy creature has one failing, I had acquaint her brother with the whole almost said but one, which is such truth had determined him to come a propensity to talking and commuto town to counteract her inten- picating, that Dorcas and a secret tions. He then enquired tenderly are incompatible. This being the after her health. I informed him of case, it vas impossible to tell her her agitation, and expressed a wish the particulars of the present affair; that he would dispense with seeing and yet we feared to hurt the good her. He said he by no means wish- woman by doubring her secrecy. ed an interview at ihrat time.---'My
"Good Dorcas,' said Maria, ' you business is now,' said he, solely know I love you, and being assured with your brother. I have no doubt of that, I hope you will not take it of leaving him quite satisfied withe amiss if I do not at present inform
you of the cause of the uneasiness have it in my power to make my you have seen me in. I am not to letters entertaining to my partial be married to colonel Ambrose.' friends.-Adieu, my dear, for the
Had a loud clap of thunder broke present, on poor Dorcas it would hardly have
Yours affectionately, taken more effect. She hopped to the
H. VERNON. opposite corner of the room in an
(To be continued.) instant, exclaiming, Then there is no faith in man!- Hold,' said Maria, • the colonel is all honour and generosity. Take this, good Dorcas, ON THE SCOTCH MUSIC, from me upon trust, and ask no questions.'
THE character of the Scotch music We then left her to ponder on the is universally acknowledged to be affair, and very low spirited the good very marked and peculiar. Several soul has been ever since; but she of the Scotch songs take their nanies strictly obeys her young mistress, from the rivulets, villages, and hills, and asks no questions.
adjoining to the Tweed, Brother and the colonel went out
a region distinguished together, and when the former re- by many charming varieties of rural turned to dinner he was in a good scenery, and which, whether we conhumour, and after dinner ordered sider the face of the country or the some wine (a thing very unusual genius of the people, may properly with him), and toasted the colonel, enough be called the Arcadia of Maria could not contain her joy, Scotland. And all these songs are but exclaimed What pleasure has sweetly and powerfully expressive of this day afforded me! you will now,
love and tenderness, and other emomy dear brother, no longer doubt tions suited to the tranquillity of a my veracity.'
pastoral life. Veracity!' he replied, with great It is a common opinion that these sternness, 'I cannot be imposed on: songs were composed by David Rize the colonel and I understand each zio, a musician from Italy; the unother very well, but your idle tales fortunate favourite of a very unforI desire I may never bear repeated.' tunate queen. But this must be
Fearing what might follow, I a mistake: the style of the Scotch changed the conversation, and in music was fixed before his time; for formed him of the invitation given many of the best of these tunes are us by our cousin. Wilson. He or ascribed to a more remote perice; dered us to accept it, and we retired and, besides, it is not to be supposed to write an answer to that purpose. that he, a foreigner, and in the latter We are at a loss to know by what part of his life a man of business, means the colonel has pacified our could have acquired or invented a brother. It is very clear he has not style of musical composition so dife told him the real cause; but as long ferent, in every respect, from that as he is pacified, it is immaterial to to which he had been accustomed us by what means.
in his own country. Melody is so As we shall be at Dcin a few days, I shall not write again until
Cowdenknows, Galashiels, Galawatcr, then, I am much pleased with the
Etteric Banks, Braes of Garrow, Bush above houghts of this visit, and hope to Traquair, &c.
much the characteristic of the Scotch those who give the honour of this tunes, that it is to be doubted whe- invention to the monks of Melrose. ther even bases were set to them. It seems more probable that it took before the present century; whereas its rise among men who were real in the days of Rizzio, harmony was shepherds, and who actually felt the the fashionable study of the Italian sentiments and affections of which it composers. Palestina himself, who is so very expressive. Rizzio may have flourished about two hundred and been one of the first, perhaps, who fifty years ago, and who has obtained made a collection of these songs, of the high title of father of harmony, he may have played them with more is by Avison ranked with those who delicate touches than the Scotch neglected air, and were too closely musicians of that time; or perhaps attached to counterpoint ; and at the corrected the extravagance of certain time when Rizzio was a student passages, for one is struck with the in the art, Palestina's must have regularity of some as well as amused been the favourite music in Italy. with the wildness of others; and in Besides, though the style of the old all, or any of these cases, it might Scotch melody has been well imitat- be said with truth that the Scotch ed by Mr. Os wald, and some other music is under obligations to him. natives, we do not find that any But that this style of pastoral meforeigner has ever caught the true lody, so unlike the Italian, and in spirit of it. Geminiani, a great and every respect so peculiar, should have original genius in this art,aird a pro- been established or invented by him fessed admirer of the Scotch songs, is incredible; nay, if it were worth some of which he published with while to assert any thing so positively accompaniments, used to say that he on such a subject, we might even say had blotted many a quire of paper to impossible. no purpose, in attempring to set a second strain to that fine little air whicn in Scotland is known by the name of the Broom of Cowdenkrows. SINGULAR INSANITY. To all which
we may add that Tassoni *, the author of Le Sec. THE following anecdote is related chia Rapito, speaks of this music as on the authority of very respectable will esteemed by the Italians of his testimony, Madame De Haster, a time, and ascribes the invention of it German lady (an authoress), who to James, king of Scotland; which a resides at Paris :foreigner might naturally do, as all • The enthusiasm of a girl from the Scotch kings of that name, parti- Provence has lately occupied my cularly the first, third, fourth and mind. It was a singular occurrence fifth, were skilled both in music and which I shall never forget. I was poetry.
present at the national museum when But though Tassoni's testimony this girl entered the Salle D'Apollon : be admitted as a proof that the she was tall and elegantly formed, Scotch music is more ancient than and in all the bloom or health. I Rizzio, we cannot think him right in was struck with her air, and my eyes what he says of its inventor ; nor involuntarily followed her steps.' I do we acquiesce in the opinion of saw her start as she cast her eyes on
the statue of Apullo, and she stood
before it as if struck by lightning.* Tassoni was born in 1555.
Gradually, her eyes sparkled with sen
sibility.--She had before looked hall until her friends came and carcalmly around the hall. Her whole ried her home. She struggled, and frame seemed to be electrified, as if resisted 'exceedingly when forced a transformation had taken place away, and declared, in her phrenzy, within her: and it has since appear. that the god had that night chosen ed, that indeed a transformation had her to be his priestess, and that she taken place, and that her youthful must serve him. We have never breast had imbibed a powerful, alas! seen her since, and we hear that an fatal passion. I remarked, that her opiate was given her, and that she companion (an elder sister, it seems), was taken into the country.” could not force her to leave the stá I made further enquiries confue but with much entreaty; and cerning her history, and learnt after she left the hall with tears in her wards that she died raving.' eyes, and all the expression of tender sorrows. I set out the very same evening for Montmorency.
'I returned to Paris at the end of ExTRACT from The SPANIARD; August, and visited immediately the or, The PRIDE of Birth.' magnificent collection of antiques. I recollected the girl from Provence,
(.4 Tule, by 11. Rymer.*) and thought I might perhaps meet with her again ; but I never saw her IN the mean time, the unfora afterwards, though I went frequent- tunate Pedrosa counted his wretched ly. At length I met with one of moments in anguish indescribable: the attendants, who, I recollected, about ten o'clock on the evening of had observed her with the same ata the third day, as he lay prostrate on tentive curiosity which I had felt; the ground, bathed in tears, which and I enquired after her. “ Poor had scarcely ceased to flow since the girl," said the old man, “ that was a sentence passed upon him by Don tad visit for her.” She came after. Jerome, the door of his prison openwards almost every day to look at ed, and the hard-hearted jailor made the statue, and she would sit still," his appearance: this was an unusual with her hands folded in her lap, hour for such a visit, but Pedrosa staring at the image; and when her was too much absorbed in grief to friends forced her away, it was al- express any admiration of the event. ways with tears that she left the hall. The smile of this man was scarcely In the middle of May, she brought, less hideous than his frown, and whenever she came, a baskei of Pedrosa as he looked up, even in the flowers, and placed it on the Mosaic excess of his afflictisn, could not steps. One morning early she had help being shocked at the doubtful contrived to get into the room before expression of his countenance : witha the usual hour of opening it, and we out saying one word to his unfore found her within the grate sitting on tunate prisoner, he took out of his the steps, almost fainting, exhausted pocket several tools, which irresista with weeping. The whole hall was ably attracted the attention of the scented with the perfume of Howers, latter. "Mighty God!' cried Pee and she had elegantly thrown over the statue a large veil of Indian muslin, with a golden fringe. We * In our Magazine for January we in. pitied the deplorable condition of the
serted an extract from the beginning of this
ingenious novel: we now give one from the lovely girl, and let no one into the conclusion.
drosa, 'what new species of torture in a tone of angry reproach, and am I doomed to suffer!' The jailor, sprung forward in patiently to assist without regarding his exclamation, him: in his hurry he let fall the rudely seized his legs, and began to lamp ; it rolled to the bottom of the strike out the rivets which fastened his staircase, and left them in profound fetters. During this operation, the darkness: the door was now opened, wretched barber was sometimes forc- and Pedrosa-si pped into an aparted ro howl with painz; but he bore ment: his guide took hold of him by it with the more fortitude, as he the arm, and hurried him along. imagined it done by order of Don Pedrosa, trembling with anxiety and Jerome, who, as he had condemned terror, could hardly breathe ; fearful hiin to perpetual imprisonment, and uncertain of the fate to which he might see no reason for increasing was hastening, he almost lost the his sufferings farther than to secure use of his senses. They al laststopped his person; and had therefore or at a small door: on a signal being dered him to be released from his made, it instantly opened; but what fetters: the keeper also cut the can equal Pedrosa’s astonishment, cords which were girt round his when he beheld an apartment subody; he threw the hateful and un- perbly illuminated, the magnificence lucky garment to the farther end of of which dazzled his eyes, the aperthe apartment, and lifting up the ture shut behind him, and he stood light which he had brought, with a for a moment in speechless amazestern voice commanded him to fol- ment. low.
Gracious God!' cried Pes The first object which fixed his drosa, 'to what place must I follow attention was a handsome and wellyou?' The jailor turned round, and dressed cavalier by the side of a lady viewing him for a moment with a of the most ravishing beauty; the look of contemptuous cruelty, he former of whom instantly approached, knit his brows, and with a harsher and took him by the hand, with the voice, and more frowning counte- most familiar and cordial expression nance, pronounced again the word, of friendship: the lady also tiew and • Follow!' l'ediosa was too much placed herself at his side, and hoth intimidated to reply, and tremblingly together led the astonished barber began to move forwards.
to a table, on which was spread an After several windings through elegant collation, composed of all this gloomy mansion of miscry, they the delicacies that luxury assisted by came to a long narrow passage, cold wealth could procure. Here Peand damp, and which scemed not to drosa,' said the cavalier, as he poured have been trodden for years. Pedrosa out the most delicious wine in a again ventured, in a hesitating man- golden goblet, let us now drink to ner, to enquire the object of his re the coniinuance of our future friendmoval, but was answered hy a frown, ship:' the lady also stretched out her which completely silenced him: they hand to Pedrosa, who, though he proceeded onwards to a narrow stair- could not comprehend the meaning case, which after having ascended of all this, bowed and kissed it inost led them to a small door, fast ned respectfully. His recent misfortunes by iron bolts. • Draw these bolts,' made the soothing tones of friendsaid the jailor : Pedrosa tre inblingly ship come with an additional charm endeavoured to obey, but this were to his heart, and he raised the goblet wo rusty to give way to listrength. cheerfully to his lips : the lady and * Lluch head!' cried his conductor, cavalier then placed him betwixt